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Cubism

Cubism has been considered the most influential art movement of the 20th century. Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso originated this style. The emergence of cubism marked a rift with the European traditions, traceable to the Renaissance. A Cubist artist rejects the inherited concepts of copying nature, or following traditional linear techniques of perspective, modeling, and foreshortening. They emphasize on the canvas’s real two-dimensional flatness instead of conveying the illusory appearance of depth. In a Cubist artwork, objects are analyzed, broken up and then put together again in an abstracted form. Instead of depicting objects from one viewpoint, the artist depicts the subject from multiple viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater context.


Pablo Picasso, Girl with a Mandolin (Fanny Tellier), 1910, oil on canvas, 100.3 x 73.6 cm